The January transfer window is here and football fans everywhere should prepare for a month-long minefield of transfer rumours and silly season speculation.
With the action underway, we’ve looked at five forwards who could dominate the January transfer window headlines.
Five forwards set to dominate the January transfer window:
Ivan Toney has not kicked a ball for Brentford this season, but that has not prevented the forward being forefront of the transfer rumours as the January window heats up.
Toney produced the best football of his career last season to score 20 Premier League goals, though his campaign ended in disappointment as he was hit with an eight-month ban for breaching gambling regulations. The 27-year-old will be free to resume his career later this month, but whether he does so in a Brentford shirt remains to be seen.
Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the striker, who would offer a more reliable source of goals than the current centre-forward options at each club. Toney has scored 31 times in 66 appearances since Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League, a return which saw him earn his first cap for England in March.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 30, 2023
Toney will be keen to hit the ground running on his return as he looks to make the England squad for next summer’s European Championship, with a move to one of the Premier League’s elite perhaps the perfect stage to show Gareth Southgate that he can be an asset at the tournament.
Brentford, on a run of seven defeats in eight Premier League games, will demand a record fee for their prized asset.
There will be no shortage of Premier League clubs kicking themselves for overlooking Viktor Gyokeres last summer.
The Swedish striker was snapped up by Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth around £17m last summer, after his 21 goals and 12 assists fired Coventry City into the Championship play-off final. Despite that return right under the noses of Premier League clubs, no side firmed up interest in the 25-year-old, who has seen his value rocket in Lisbon.
Gyokeres has scored 18 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, form which has placed English clubs on alert. Manchester United and Chelsea are the latest linked, though Gyokeres – whose release clause is around €100m (£86.4m) – has outlined his intention to remain in the Portuguese capital.
“I’m very happy here and I don’t care about any interested parties at the moment,” the forward told Record.
“I’m enjoying every day here and not thinking about what’s going on around me. Yes, there’s talk of big clubs, but for now it’s just news. That’s all… This is where I want to stay.”
It’s not often one of Europe’s leading goalscorers has a release clause of just £15m, is it?
Serhou Guirassy has burst onto the scene this season with a prolific run of form in the Bundesliga, with the Guinea international having hit 17 goals in just 14 league appearances this season.
Only Harry Kane (21) and Kylian Mbappe (18) have outscored Guirassy across Europe’s top five leagues, with the 27-year-old having turned the heads of recruiters at elite clubs.
⚽️ Most goals scored in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season:
🥇 Harry Kane – 21
🥈 Kylian Mbappe – 18
🥉 Serhou Guirassy – 17 pic.twitter.com/YcWmYczKb0
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 29, 2023
Stuttgart are understood to be resigned to losing their leading goalscorer, as clubs queue up to activate the forward’s €17.5m (£15.2m) release clause this January. The German club have reportedly opened talks with Braga over signing striker Simon Banza, amid the expectation that Guirassy will depart.
Manchester United and Newcastle are among those heavily linked with signing the Bundesliga’s breakout star.
Victor Osimhen cemented his reputation as one of Europe’s best frontmen last season, as the Nigerian fired 26 league goals to lead Napoli to the Serie A title.
Osimhen won the Capocannoniere award as the league’s leading scorer, as Napoli were crowned champions for the first time in 33 years. The 24-year-old has scored 67 goals in 119 games in all competitions for the Italian side, performances which have seen him valued in excess of £100m.
He’s also hit 20 goals for Nigeria and will lead the Super Eagles challenge at the Africa Cup of Nations. Despite making just 27 appearances for the national team, he’s already climbed up to fourth among his country’s all-time leading scorers.
Chelsea (of course) have been linked with signing the striker, who has called a move to the Premier League a ‘dream’. Osimhen has also spoken of his admiration for Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, and could be the ideal candidate to spearhead a new era at Stamford Bridge.
Dominic Solanke’s maturing performances have kickstarted the Andoni Iraola era at Bournemouth, with the forward finding the form of his career for the Cherries this season.
Solanke has overcome a difficult start to his Premier League career to develop into a fine all-round forward, with the impressive aspects of his game now translating into regular goals in a Bournemouth shirt.
The 26-year-old is a willing worker from the front and has the intelligence to drop into midfield and help build attacks, while showcasing improving instincts around the penalty area with 12 Premier League goals for the campaign.
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 29, 2023
An England call up has been mooted for the in-form striker, who has scored eight times in his last eight games for Bournemouth. Teams higher up the division have taken note of Solanke’s displays, with Bournemouth braced for bids this winter.